Arctic at risk from invasive species
As the Arctic ice melts, new shipping routes are opening up for tourism, mining and other commercial purposes, cutting journey times and fuel costs. And as Christopher Ware reports, a new danger arises – invasive alien species disrupting fragile Arctic ecosystems.
More shipping is sailing through thawing Arctic waters, but while these northern routes might provide opportunities for tourism, mining and cutting down delivery times, the ships may also carry stowaways on board, introducing invasive species to pristine Arctic waters.
These findings were recently published in the journal Diversity and Distributions, from research by colleagues at Tromso University Museum in Norway, University of Tasmania in Australia, and Aarhus University in Denmark. The study focused on the Svalbard archipelago in the Norwegian high-Arctic – best known for being home to the northernmost post office in the world and some 3,000 polar bears.
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